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Quick and Easy Mexican 7 Layer Dip

Updated on April 26, 2012
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If you are really rushed for time, but want something beautiful and festive to serve, this is your dish!

If you need something quick and easy, but want something that your guests will rave about, this is your dish!

If you need to take a dish to a potluck, and want something easy to transport, this is your dish!

I have been making this dish for almost 30 years, and it has never failed to please my husband or my guests. This version of 7 layer dip is by far better than anything that you get pre-made at the grocery store. Try it, and you’ll never look for a 7 layer dip recipe again.

The recipe that I am sharing with you makes a very large dish of dip, but not to worry. It never lasts. You’ll want to make this much or you won’t even get to taste it.

Although, I call this a 7 layer dip – its traditional name – I have added an 8th ingredient: cilantro. Cilantro is an herb that you really love, or you really hate. So you might want to take this into consideration before adding it to your dish to serve your guests who may not be so fond of it. My husband and I love it!

When creating the base for your dip – the refried beans – I have included some additions you might want to consider for a revved up version. You can do those if you want a little more kick! I’m from Texas, so more kick is always good.

When I make this dish for my husband and myself, we eat it as the main course. It is filling and satisfying.

The ingredients you will need are:

  • 2 cans (16 oz) refried beans
  • 1 can (16 oz.) diced tomatoes (optional)
  • 14 oz pre-made guacamole
  • 2 c. sour cream
  • taco seasoning packet, or 1/4 c. taco seasoning mix
  • finely grated cheddar cheese
  • chopped cilantro (optional 8th ingredient)
  • 5-7 sliced green onions including greens
  • 3.8 oz can sliced olives
  • 3 roma tomatoes
  • Used to garnish dip: 1 roma tomato, cilantro bunch, round tortilla chips

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Let's Begin!

I like to use a deep dish or platter to make my 7 layer dip in. This time I am using a pasta dish. The edges make for cleaner serving.

Use a spatula to evenly spread both cans of refried beans. In this step you can mix the optional can of diced tomatoes (using a mixer) with the beans and then spread into the dish. This makes the beans easier to spread. It also is easier to dip the chips into the mixture without chips breaking.

For a spicier version of this dip, you can mix chopped green chilies and/or a package of taco seasoning mix into the beans before spreading into the dish. You can also mix 1 cup of salsa into the beans to give them a little more kick, and to make them easier to pick up with chips in the final dip.

I usually just use plain beans because I don't want the bean flavors competing with all the other flavors. And the plain beans are a nice complement and contrast to the other flavors in the dip.

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Use a clean spatula to evenly spread guacamole over refried beans.

Wipe edges of dish.

In a small bowl, mix together the taco seasoning (1 package or 1/4 cup) into the 2 cups of sour cream. For a lower calorie fat-free version, you can use fat-free sour cream.


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C.Murdoch

Using a clean spatula, spread this mixture evenly over the guacamole.

Wipe the edges of the dish to give a tidy appearance.


Liberally sprinkle finely grated cheddar cheese. I prefer sharp cheddar, but there are specific Mexican mixtures available that also work very well. The finely shredded is easier to pick up with chips than the grated. I have used both.

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Next sprinkle with chopped cilantro, if desired. Again, with cilantro, you either love it, or you hate it. So you might want to also consider this when you are preparing for a group of people.

Follow this with the chopped green onions including the greens.

Chop up the three roma tomatoes and sprinkle evenly over dip.

Sliced or chopped jalapenos can also be sprinkled over the top or can be served on the side.


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That's it! You now have a wonderfully flavored dish to serve your guests.

But if you want to have an even more festive dish to serve, let's look how you can make that happen. Using another roma tomato, core the tomato as shown in the picture.


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Next, turn the tomato over. Make 3-4 cross-cuts a little over half way down, creating 6-8 sections. Place in center of dip and press down slightly. This tomato will act as a vase for our cilantro bouquet.

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Create a cilantro bouquet approximately 3 inches tall using very fresh cilantro that stands up well. Press cilantro down into the dip thru the sectioned tomato.

Press slightly overlapping chips around end of dish. Now you have a beautiful dish, and your guests will lavish you with praises.

Serve with a bowl of chips.


Relax and enjoy the dip, and your guests!


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    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      6 years ago from Texas

      SilverGenes - You will have to give it a try. My husband and I both enjoy it so much! Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

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      SilverGenes 

      6 years ago

      Wow! This looks amazing!!! Now I'm hungry ;-)

    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Nicola Tweedie - I sure hope you enjoy this recipe. After making it this weekend, let me know! Thanks!

      caramellatte - Thanks for stopping and commenting!

    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      6 years ago from Texas

      ThePracticalMommy - you may want to add a bowl to the side because this really does make alot. Although you cannot tell from the picture, the dip is in a pasta bowl, so it makes quite a bit. Thanks so much!

      Dee aka Nonna - I hope you enjoy it this weekend. It never lasts long at my house. My husband loves it. Thanks so much!

      Thanks to both of you ladies for stopping by and sharing your comments.

    • caramellatte profile image

      caramellatte 

      6 years ago

      This made me soo hungry! Great hub!

    • Nicola Tweedie profile image

      Nicola Tweedie 

      6 years ago from East Sussex, United Kingdom

      Fantastic, going to try this weekend with a good movie and a couple of beers - mmm mmm mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Just Ask Susan - You will have to return and let me know how you and your family enjoyed it. I hope you enjoy it immensely! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      Dee aka Nonna 

      6 years ago

      Yum. I love 7-layer dip and I cannot wait to try this one. In fact I will make it for one day this coming weekend. I'm with missolive...I will have to add jalapenos....love them. thanks for sharing. Voted up and tasty.

    • ThePracticalMommy profile image

      Marissa 

      6 years ago from United States

      I love the presentation of the dip, having the chips around the perimeter of the dish. No need for an extra bowl of chips! I'm bookmarking this for future parties and get-togethers. :)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is going on the menu for the weekend. Yummy! Thanks for sharing this.

    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      6 years ago from Texas

      missolive - I love this recipe. I have also started mixing a can of diced tomatoes with the beans. It makes it easier to spread, but it really makes it easier to dip without breaking the chips.

      My husband would love the addition of jalapenos but I have allergy problems with hot peppers. I serve jalapenos on the side. But I probably ought to add this to the hub. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      6 years ago from Texas

      A very tasty hub Cindy. This looks great. I'm a big fan of cilantro and I think it is a perfect addition. It is not uncommon for this to be a 9 layer dip in South Texas. The 9th layer being jalapenos. Yum!

      Thank you for sharing.

    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Sunshine625 - I did and thanks so much! You are a sweetheart!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Pssst...read my 100th hub, it'll give you a smile:)

    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Sunshine625 - Thank you

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Oh my!! I bet that visit hurt your wallet also!! Sending you get well soon wishes!!

    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Sunshine625 - the dip it really good.. My hubby and I will eat it as a meal with chips.I would love to come over but I am feeling well. Just came from dentist where I had 7 crowns and a tooth extracted

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      This dip looks amazingly delish!! Can you bring some over...say tonight around 7ish!?! Happy Holdays HSB!!:)

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      blessingsforlife - thanks so much for linking to you hub. It really is a great and easy recipe, and so colorful. One of these days I will be sharing a wonderful Mexican recipe I made up. I'm in Texas and we like our Mexican food -- it's my husband's favorite so I am always experimenting with it. Thanks!

      I tried to check out your link and it did not work!

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      blessingsforlife 

      7 years ago

      I love Mexican food and have started a series of hubs about it. I shared this hub in my hub (http://blessingsforlife.hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Co... so that others will learn about this great recipe.

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Joe Macho - The dip that was in that picture is long gone, and it was delicious! I hope you enjoy yours as much as we did ours. Let me know! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Zach 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      Usually I'm not one to look for recipes online, but your photo captured me instantly. Good hub and great recipe. I'll have to give it a go.

      Voted up and useful

    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks, jodiejay71. We have almost finished this batch. It sure was good!Yummmmmmmm!

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      jodiejay71 

      7 years ago

      I want this the next time I'm visiting! I think I can taste it now! I know you are a terrific cook and hostess.

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Danette-I love it too. Whenever I start cutting it up, the smell brings my husband to the kitchen every time. He wants to know what I'm making that has cilantro in it. Thanks for the comment, and here's hoping you see this at your next party!

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      Danette Watt 

      7 years ago from Illinois

      This is one of my favorites to bring to or see at a party. And I'm one of those people who loves cilantro.

    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      qsera-Let me know how it turns out. Hope you love it as much as we do! As always, glad you stopped by!

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      qsera 

      7 years ago

      This dish looks so colorful :)I would love to try it out! Will get the ingredients today itself!

    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Well, just let me know when. Since this is Texas, I'll make sure to have a full meal of Tex-Mex. You'll love it! The airport is just 40 minutes away.

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      Cloverleaf 

      7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Not at all, just a quick flight :-)

    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Sure, just drop on by. I'd love to have you join us. It's not too far, is it?

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      Cloverleaf 

      7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      This looks so yummy! Can I come over for dinner?

      Cloverleaf

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